Mount Bulusan, a volcano located near the capital city of Manila, erupted on February 21, 2011. The eruption sent thick, dark smoke into the sky and caused a shower of rocks in the immediate area. The huge eruption covered the town of Irosin as well as four farming towns in the Sorsogon Province. The dark cloud cover has made it impossible for light to pass through, causing zero visibility in the town of Irosin. Despite zero visibility, officials checked the town for any damages or casualties, none of which have been reported so far.
Ever since November of last year, multiple steam-driven blasts have occurred at Mount Bulusan, which has led Chief Volcanologist, Renato Solidum, to believe that eruptions will continue in the next few weeks. This volcano is located in what is known as “The Ring of Fire”, amongst 23 other active volcanoes along the edge of the Pacific Plate. This tragic event has forced over 1,000 people to head to emergency shelters although there have not been any government-ordered evacuations in the communities near the volcano.